Another Tool To Turn Substandard Grapes Into Wine

When I read a recent article about the new flash extraction machinery at Monterey Wine Company, I did a double-take. I thought it had gotten mixed in with all of those April Fools Day blog posts. But no, it seems they are quite serious about utilizing this new wine...

Once You Go Natural Wine, There Is No Going Back

I grew up as a child in the 70’s. A confusing culinary juncture for North America. We ate Wonder Bread but hearty whole grain breads were starting to slip in there as well. I was raised in Texas and we were shopping at the early incarnation of Wholefoods when I...

Organic Wines For Thanksgiving

If you want to taste some stellar wines that were made with organic and biodynamic grapes, here is my quick list for Thanksgiving wine choices: Sparkling Wines: Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvee 2005 $26 (widely available) Aroma: Honeysuckle and toasted nuts. Flavors: Pear...

Antonio Bravo from Emiliana Winery

I had the pleasure of meeting winemaker Antonio Bravo from Emiliana Winery today. There is quite a bit of online chatter about organic and biodynamic wines but I especially relish the opportunity to discuss these wines with the person who actually makes them. Antonio...

Fifi From The Ten Bells Tells All

What was the vision behind opening Ten Bells? The story of The Ten Bells was to open a place where we would go to : good food with the priority of getting ingredients from local producers working organic or sustainable methods, and natural wines. What did you do...